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King King Interview: Alan Nimmo

King King released its newest album, Maverick in 2020, which was voted #7 on Blues Rock Review’s Top 20 Albums of 2020. Maverick featured a new lineup joining frontman Alan Nimmo. Blues Rock Review caught up with Nimmo to discuss the album, the addition of Alan’s brother Stevie Nimmo to the band, and the future of touring.

“Whatever It Takes To Survive” is an emotional track. What inspired that?

The inspiration behind the track “Whatever It Takes To Survive” came from a personal tragedy that affected a loved one. I wrote the story from my point of view looking in on how someone dealt with it and watching that person’s strength come through.

New keyboardist Jonny Dyke co-produced the album. How big of an influence was he on Maverick?

Jonny and I found a really great rhythm together writing and producing Maverick. His talent and input were a huge influence on the album.

What do you feel was the biggest difference between Maverick and the band’s previous work?

I feel that the difference between Maverick and the band’s previous work is not only the quality of songs and song writing have improved drastically but this album was a lot of fun in the making. We had a great time and enjoyed ourselves and I truly believe that made all the difference.

What’s it been like having your brother Stevie in the band?

Adding Stevie Nimmo to any lineup is only going to be a good thing. His talent and presence is unmistakable but more than that… it’s great to have him on the team. He brings great balance to the lineup and the chemistry between us is extremely powerful.

The band put out a full length live concert. How was that experience?

It was great fun putting out our “Live @ Berkeley” show. I think it showcases just how good the band is and how good we’ve yet to become. Considering the circumstances and the fact that we hadn’t actually played together for a good while just showed the potential that we have! If this was an under rehearsed performance… just think what it’ll sound like when we get some time and touring under our belts!

Without touring in 2020 do you feel you’ve had more of an opportunity to consume music and be a fan? What music has stood out to you in 2020?

Although we didn’t tour in 2020, it was a busy time for us behind the scenes making sure we got the album out and with three singles in a row so far being playlisted on Planet Rock, it’s been a hectic time for us. However, I do try to make time for new music and especially with me presenting my radio show I think it’s important to seek out new and great music. With 2020 being such a difficult year financially for musicians it was the turn of the big guns when it came to releasing new music. AC/DC I think have yet again pulled it out of the bag and showed us that we all still have much to learn. Their new album Power Up is a master class and shows that when you find your formula you can’t lose.

With vaccines starting to be distributed are you optimistic the band will get able to resume touring in 2021?

I think that being optimistic is the only way for us to be at the moment. 2020 has been without a doubt the toughest year of our lives and we need to hold on to the hope that we will be allowed to get back on the road in 2021 and resume normal service but it’s out of our hands and like everyone else… we’ll just have to wait and see!

The music industry has been devastated by the pandemic. Do you feel there has been any silver lining for musicians?

Not meaning to sound negative… but, No! The industry like you say has been devastated but not by the pandemic, by the people who rule the world. The arts industry has been thrown to the wolves and we have been left in a very difficult position financially and personally. I feel that moving forward from here.. bands and artists will never be able to fully commit to our jobs the way we could before. We’ll all need to have a safety net to fall back on to make sure that we are covered in case this or something like it happens again. That will make it difficult to not only sustain our career but it will make it difficult to build and advance it too! We can only hope that won’t be the case and I assure you that we will be working extremely hard to return the industry to its former self along with all the other artists out there. Make no mistake… we love what we do and music is our life… not just our job and no one cares about this more than we do so we want to be walking on to a stage as soon as possible and we long to see our fans standing in front of us ready to enjoy a night of music and fun. We hope that everyone out there is safe and well.

King King’s new album Maverick is available from www.kingking.co.uk

Photo: Graeme Milne

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Review: ‘Maverick’ King King

Review: ‘Maverick’ King King

Maverick By Mike O’Cull Glasgow-based blues/rockers King King deliver their most evolved and meaningful effort to date with their new album Maverick. Due to drop November 27th, 2020 on Channel 9 Records, Maverick is a brawny and beautiful rock and roll record that’s completely genuine in its emotion and execution and comes at [Continue]

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King King: Maverick Review

Over the past decade, King King has cemented itself as one of the top blues rock bands on the planet. However, Maverick presents a new lineup joining frontman Alan Nimmo, including the addition of Alan’s brother, Stevie. The good news for King King fans is the change hasn’t affected the quality. According to Nimmo, the lineup change inspired the title for the album, Maverick.

The albums begins with “Never Give In,” which sounds like classic King King. “Fire In My Soul” follows and is a catchy rock tune with new keyboardist Jonny Dyke featured prominently. “Whatever It Takes To Survive” is a power ballad about finding a way no matter what. It’s a song that takes on even more meaning with the current worldwide pandemic and the guitar solo really elevates the track to epic status.

Staying strong and not giving up is definitely a theme to Maverick with tracks like “I Will Not Fall,” “By Your Side,” “One World,” and “Everything Will Be Alright.” “By Your Side” is another standout ballad where Dyke’s piano really shines with Nimmo’s emotional vocal performance.

From start to finish, Maverick is blues rock at its best. One thing that separates Alan Nimmo and King King from many blues rock acts is Nimmo’s ability to write hooks. Nimmo is a hook machine writing hook after hook. He hits the guitar solo when needed but doesn’t make it overpower or take over the song. This is evident throughout the songwriting on Maverick. The album is chock-full of catchy and memorable tunes that stand up with King King’s best work.

The Review: 9.5/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Fire In My Soul
– Whatever It Takes To Survive
– I Will Not Fall
– By Your Side
– One World

The Big Hit

– Whatever It Takes To Survive

 

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